I'm an Elementalist, the squishiest class of all. You know how I operate?I don't know if you have been leveling with a group the whole time or what but I would totally disagree. I mean just today in Bloodtide Coast I had to know when to dodge at the right time. I had to think about which abilites I would use or I would get killed if I used the wrong ones. I honestly have never had so much fun with an mmo combat system. To be fair though I am under leveled playing a thief.
Endgame combat 101
1. Gear choice
Toughness / Vitality / condition damage / Power /Precision (That would be the "Knight" and "Foul" gear choices). 2 Pieces knight with toughness, 4 pieces foul with vitality. I have allocated roughly 1/3rd of my stat budget to survival that way with Toughness to vitality at a 1 : 2 ratio.
30 Fire, 20 earth, 10 Water, 10 arcane. Use what you see fit to improve damage, just be sure to trait earth armor (-33% damage @50% HP) and dispel upon water attune. Arcane shield is also nice.
3. Utility skills:
Self healing: Healing seed
Utility: Dispel flame AoE thingy, both elementals, and glyph of storms.
Normal mobs: Pull 2. Ideally pull with fire staff 3 to apply burning condition. DO NOT MOVE. Let the mob get into position then place fire staff 2 below his feet. By the time the cooldown is ready, both mobs should be at 50% HP, as should you. Now pop healing seed and finish them off. IGNORE any special attacks. Yes even the ones from the big guys that knock you down. It's irrelevant. DoTs will tick them down while you're lying there looking helpless. (Nothing is more fun as lying there he wants to do a power attack and just falls over due to DoTs ^_^ )
Congrats you won. Loot and let your HP regenerate.
Veterans: Depends on the type. If it's a caster, just pop both fire elementals and burn him down fast. Use healing seed to heal you and the eles. If it's a melee switch to earth, pop the big elemental, stay in earth (elemental will tank for you) and nuke him with earth staff 2. Make sure to use on cooldown and stack bleed.
Champions: I really wouldn't do those solo. If you manage to get their attention though DO NOT RUN! Stay there get one normal hit (make sure it's not a power attack you need to dodge those) then dodge and run around in SMALL circles. Give your group a chance to do damage to the guy. (Nothing is more annoying if some moron runs huuuge circles and the mob is constantly on the run)
Yeah. GW2s combat is mindnumbingly easy if you gear your character correctly. Of course all the superheroes who build glass cannon chars think it's super hard and challenging because they are almost one hit.
I leveled completely solo. Only thing to watch out for: Instant respawn and aggro range. And other players of course. I really hate it that if some dude runs close by me the mobs STOP following the dude, HIT ME and he just keeps running away. I mean W T F?!